November 10, 2012 |
LONDON - It's late afternoon south of the Thames. Outside Henry Wood Hall, the first winter winds dance leaves and cigarette packages while dusk further smudges an already-gray sky. Inside the deconsecrated Georgian church, a man is being driven to murder. His accomplices, the Philharmonia Orchestra and its principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, are nearly halfway through six hours of rehearsing Alban Berg's first opera, "Wozzeck. " In performance, the title character's transformation from gentle soldier to wife-killer takes just 90 minutes.
November 20, 2010 |
Go to youtube.com, type in "salonen" and "bluebeard," and you'll get a pretty fair idea of where the L.A. Philharmonic's conductor laureate's heart and mind are these days. The resulting video shows Esa-Pekka Salonen last Wednesday rehearsing the Phil for Saturday's concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program, a repeat of Friday's bill, opens with the U.S. premiere of "Graffiti" by Salonen's fellow Finn, the composer Magnus Lindberg, followed by Béla Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle," based on the enigmatic tale of a nobleman whose new wife, Judith, fatefully investigates what happened to her husband's former spouses.
April 24, 1993 |
The best once again arrived last. Esa-Pekka Salonen, savior-apparent of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, began his program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday with a pleasant diversion by Haydn. Then the maestro turned his formidable attention to the droopy platitudes of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, which gave our redoubtable concertmaster, Sidney Weiss, his annual moment in the soloist's sun. Finally, after intermission, came the whimsical explosions of Stravinsky's "Petrushka."
April 12, 2009
Here are excerpts of Times reviews, culled from key performances during Esa-Pekka Salonen's years leading the Phil: July 8, 1985 An oddball program performed with illuminating dash introduced the young Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, to Hollywood Bowl audiences at a preseason concert on Friday night.
October 15, 2007 |
Jean Sibelius -- who became the voice of his country perhaps to a greater degree than any other nationalistic composer ever has -- died of a stroke the last day of summer 1957, in a small artists' village 20 miles north of the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
January 20, 1996 |
If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line as a man of culture rare, You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms, and plant them everywhere. Esa-Pekka Salonen and the L.A. Philharmonic embarked on a little adventure Thursday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Ever eager to court new audiences, always delighted to explore untrodden paths, our intrepid guardians of musical virtue offered a world premiere. It wasn't your everyday garden-variety premiere.
April 12, 2009 |
In November 1984, a reserved, unknown, 26-year-old Finnish composer made his U.S. debut by conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He looked like a teenage movie star and tended to stare at his feet when he spoke in public. He was dynamic and startlingly confident on the podium, but, as he once put it, he was "absolutely not warm" by L.A. standards. In 1992, still baby-faced and matinee-idol material, he became the music director of the orchestra.
November 28, 1989 |
Forget the "designate" label in Esa-Pekka Salonen's title as music director-designate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Currently engrossed in 23 hours of rehearsals for Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex," which opens in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Thursday, the 31-year-old conductor is putting in hours this week that hardly indicate his three-season tenure begins in 1992.
April 10, 2007 |
There was a love-fest Monday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Calling it a "day of tremendous optimism and hope for the future," Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen introduced his successor, Gustavo Dudamel, at a news conference on the concert hall stage. "I wanted to be the one who hands over the baton to somebody wonderful, and the day has come," Salonen said.
February 17, 2010 |
Basking in the popularity of Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic used an online press conference Tuesday morning to announce that that -- unlike most recession-weary arts organizations -- it will hold the course. The orchestra's 2010-11 season and the Venezuelan's second as music director will include 12 subscription weeks conducted by Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the return of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the premieres of 19 new works, 12 commissioned by the Philharmonic.